Crews Search For Missing Man

Crews Search For Missing Man

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MOBILE, Ala. -

Boats are lowered into the water as crews from Mobile, Daphne and other spots set out for a long day of coming a small section of water near the BAE dock that once held the Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph.

 

"We could not put divers on the debris field yesterday because the debris field was still shifting with the water and the danger of that was just too great," says Captain James Howard with the MCSO Flotilla.  That debris field is supposedly just under the water near the dock at the BAE shipyard.  When the Triumph broke loose yesterday it collided with a dock--send it and two men into the water.  One man was rescued--the other John Buster Johnson still hasn't been found--it's believed he's somewhere in the debris pile.

 

 

"It's a pretty big pile of steel-rebar, concrete, it's a mass of stuff that's just collapsed into the water," says MPD Sgt. Scott Hanks.  The US Coast guard also suspended its search and rescue operations today

 

 "Do routine patrols, enforce the safety and security zones and we have just regular patrols that we have scheduled to check on the port," says Lt. Michael Clausen.  The coast guard and others tried to get a pair of anchors out of the water.  The anchors were damaged when the Triumph broke free and were intentionally dumped so the ship could be moved to the cruise terminal.  Leaving them could be hazardous to other ship traffic--and boats are using sonar to find them.

 

"I can identify a trench in the bottom any kind of linear trenching or if there's any exposed chain it'll show me a nice picture of the chain itself or the anchor," says Scott Baria with Bosarge Diving. 

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